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When Professor Jen Lord’s scheduled travel-study pilgrimage to Spain was converted to a directed study over the summer, student Aiden Diaz decided he would walk from campus to the Texas Capitol every day for two and a half weeks, encompassing the freedom days of Juneteenth (June 19) and July 4. He invited people to join him and engage in conversations about racial inequality, being allies, and related topics.

"The pilgrimage idea came out of the big march from Huston Tillotson [University] to the capitol," says Aiden. "I had been to several protests before this and I saw very little representation from our faith communities. The same day as the Huston Tillotson march a white man yelled at me from his car telling me that he was going to kill me because I am black. These factors that gave birth to the idea to walk from Austin Seminary to the Capitol to be a visible representation as a faith leader and as a black person here in the city of Austin. So for 2.5 weeks I walked with several people and allowed them to ask questions, vent, and so on. It was a powerful time for sure."

Aiden continues to examine the issues raised with his pilgrimage walks through the podcast, "Low Key Chaplain."  

Senior Fellowships

Meet the 2020 Senior Fellowship Winners, selected by the faculty in recognition of their excellence shown through their academic strength and gifts for ministry. Meet them here.

David L. Stitt Fellowship: Jean Corbitt
Pile-Morgan Fellowship: Usama Malik
Alsup-Frierson Fellowship: Jackie Freeman
Janie Maxwell Morris Fellowship: Nick Demuynck
W. P. Newell Memorial Fellowship: Lee Legault

In this short film meet Dana Mayfield (MDiv’05) whose ministry brings life to two congregations in West Texas. Dana now shepherds the congregation of Grace Presbyterian Church, Lubbock, Texas.

“If the church leads, we can win” against racism, Henderson pastor says

Steve MillerBy Ana Pecina Walker Special to the News-Journal


Racism in this country could end if the church led the way.

That’s the belief and the battle plan of an East Texas minister who is training, teaching and loving legions of volunteers whose mission is to end racial injustice across the nation. His weapons: conversation and love.

The Rev. Steve Miller of Henderson is founder and executive director of the United States Christian Leadership Organization. He also is an Ashoka Fellow. Ashoka is an international non-profit organization that describes its work as identifying and supporting the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, learning from the patterns in their innovations and mobilizing a global community that embraces the new frameworks so everyone can become a change maker. Ashoka defines a change maker as anyone who is taking creative action to solve a social problem. A number of Ashoka Fellows have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Read full story here.